Echocardiography Program Unveils New Imaging Machine

Linda Kerwin, dean of the Trocaire’s Division of Health Professions; Erik Musielak ’09, an alum and current adjunct faculty member of the Echocardiography program at Trocaire and technical director of Echocardiography at Catholic Health; Ellen Bowman, Echocardiography instructor; Mary Jo Hunt, James H. Cummings Foundation executive director; and Dr. Bassam M. Deeb, Trocaire College president.
Linda Kerwin, dean of the Trocaire’s Division of Health Professions; Erik Musielak ’09, an alum and current adjunct faculty member of the Echocardiography program at Trocaire and technical director of Echocardiography at Catholic Health; Ellen Bowman, Echocardiography instructor; Mary Jo Hunt, James H. Cummings Foundation executive director; and Dr. Bassam M. Deeb, Trocaire College president.

Trocaire College unveiled its Echocardiography program’s new, state-of-the-art imaging machine at an on-campus ceremony on Wednesday, April 19.

In addition to James H. Cummings Foundation Executive Director Mary Jo Hunt, special guests included Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke and Bonnie Kane Lockwood, the senior field representative for Congressmen Brian Higgins.

Primary funding for the Philips Healthcare Ultrasound System was awarded by the Buffalo-based James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc., a charitable not-for-profit organized in 1962 with the aim, in part, of advancing post-secondary medical education. The new equipment replaces one that is a decade old and on its way to becoming technologically obsolete.

“We are extremely grateful to the Cummings Foundation for this generous gift,” said Trocaire College President Dr. Bassam M. Deeb. “Student success is our top priority at Trocaire, and this machine will provide Echocardiography students with an improved image quality that is synonymous with what is seen in real-world clinical settings.”

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A student demonstrates how to use the Echocardiography program’s new equipment.

Trocaire’s Echocardiography program offers a specialty certification within the field of ultrasound applied to heart structures, for professionals who already hold an associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology. A cardiac sonographer must have a working knowledge of detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart and its echogenic appearance as it is presented as a 2-D image, as well as scanning techniques to obtain the optimum image.

“The capability of the new Philips Healthcare machine to emit higher frequencies will result in better image resolution and visualization,” explained Dr. Linda Kerwin, Dean of the Division of Health Professions at Trocaire. “While there are various radiological resources available to our students to learn thoracic anatomy, this machine will assist in a more realistic frame of reference when producing images in the clinical setting.”